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Lyr Req: Dansez Calenda (Norman Luboff Choir)

GUEST,hein 28 Jun 04 - 06:30 PM
greg stephens 28 Jun 04 - 06:37 PM
GUEST,hein 28 Jun 04 - 06:44 PM
greg stephens 28 Jun 04 - 06:49 PM
masato sakurai 28 Jun 04 - 08:55 PM
Jim Dixon 30 Jun 04 - 12:52 AM
Jim Dixon 03 Dec 11 - 05:55 PM
GUEST,Bassman 25 Apr 17 - 09:11 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Dansez Calenda - Norman Luboff Choir
From: GUEST,hein
Date: 28 Jun 04 - 06:30 PM

Who can help me with the lyrics of "Dansez Calenda", performed by Norman Luboff Choir?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dansez Calenda - Norman Luboff Choir
From: greg stephens
Date: 28 Jun 04 - 06:37 PM

I know a Cajun song called Danser Colinda, but I've no idea if this is the one you mean, as the Colinda(Calinda) is danced in several different cultures.The one I know starts
"Allons danser Colinda
Allons danser Colinda
Allons danser Colinda
Pour faire facher les vielles femmes"

Is that the one?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dansez Calenda - Norman Luboff Choir
From: GUEST,hein
Date: 28 Jun 04 - 06:44 PM

greg, this is not the song I mean. It should start with something like "Nous sommes dansez Calenda, nous sommes dansez calenda, shout evrybody carree carree, nous sommes dansez Calenda". I dont know the right spelling, since part of the song seems to be french.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dansez Calenda - Norman Luboff Choir
From: greg stephens
Date: 28 Jun 04 - 06:49 PM

sounds like another version of the same song, the words would fit the tune I know. Trouble is, the one I know is the Louisiana cajun French language version, but there other Colinda songs from various Caribbean islands as well. I'm not sure if they are all French speaking, i think some might be Spanish as well.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dansez Calenda - Norman Luboff Choir
From: masato sakurai
Date: 28 Jun 04 - 08:55 PM

According to The Song Index of the Enoch Pratt Free Library (Garland, 1998), "Dansez Calinda" (Traditional) is in Roger Blanchard's Chansons De La Louisiane (Paris: Heugel Et Cie, 1949).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dansez Calenda - Norman Luboff Choir
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 30 Jun 04 - 12:52 AM

AMG - All Music Guide lists a song called DANSEZ CALENDA that appeared on the Norman Luboff Choir's 1957 LP "Calypso Holiday," which has been reissued along with "Songs of Christmas" (that is, 2 LPs on one CD) as Collectables CD 6061, 1999. It is credited to "Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman [nee Keith] & Norman Luboff."

AMG also lists songs called DANSE CALINDA (recorded by Richard Hayman and by a band called Redbone—nothing to do with Leon Redbone, apparently), DANSE COLINDA (recorded by Gene Vincent), and DANSE KALINDA BA BOOM (recorded by Dr. John). All those recordings seem to be out of print.

I wasn't able to find any sound samples or lyrics.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dansez Calenda (Norman Luboff Choir)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 03 Dec 11 - 05:55 PM

The Norman Luboff Choir did indeed record a song called DANSEZ CALENDA. It's on their album "The Very Best of" (2011)—and if I'm not mistaken, the cover of that album shows a twilight photo of the cathedral in St. Paul Minnesota—which is odd, because I don't think the choir has any particular association with St. Paul, and only 2 or 3 songs out of 37 on the album seem to be religious.

Allmusic.com says the song appeared on the album "Calypso Holiday" (1957) and a couple of later collections. It gives songwriting credit to Alan Bergman, Marilyn Keith, and Norman Luboff.

Wikipedia doesn't say whether the choir still exists. Luboff died in 1987.

I viewed the album cover and listened to the recording on Spotify.

The lyrics seem to be a mixture of French and English. The English parts seem to be sung in some sort of Caribbean dialect.

I don't think I'd like to try to transcribe it, because it would be difficult, and anyway, it's not a true folk song—at least this version isn't, although it might have been derived from one.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dansez Calenda (Norman Luboff Choir)
From: GUEST,Bassman
Date: 25 Apr 17 - 09:11 AM

I've spent years & years trying to track down any trace of this song, which I heard as a kid in the 50's and has been running through my head ever since!
Now I've got a lead at last.
Many thanks


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